Connecting participants with employers is the core of what Disability Employment Services seek to achieve. And in a changing world which prioritises choice and control of clients, it is understandable that as DES rolls out, we have focused much of our time thinking about what would, and could attract and support our participants. One of the top factors we know informs a client’s choice of service is the success of a service in finding people work. Understanding the environment employers are operating in and what motivates them to engage is therefore critical.

Ingersoll Consulting have recently undertaken work to understand what is informing employers hiring decisions around the country. At a national level, in one Queensland community, and through talking with employers who hire people with a disability. This session will share observations from employers on what informs their hiring decisions, and how we can and should be building that into our delivery as DES providers by asking – what would employers know anyhow?

Alicia Weiderman

Ingersoll Consulting

Emma Harnett

Senior Consultant
Ingersoll Consulting

Emma is an experienced professional who has worked across both the State and Commonwealth levels of Government in Australia, and in financial services regulation in the United Kingdom. Emma has considerable experience in strategic policy, stakeholder and project management, regulation and procurement. She brings post graduate qualifications in public policy, along with experience in the operational procedures required to be effective when working with Government, and with service providers.

Emma has undertaken research, including with local employers to understand their hiring decisions. She was a key research on the Logan Jobs Mapping Project, helping to build a strong picture of the Logan education and employment ecosystem.

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